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Pronunciation: Ca-RIB-bean or Ca-rib-BEan?

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FrostedMin California
02/10/12 7:55 pm

Through all Those years of watching Pirates Of The Caribbean, I've gone Car-I-be-an.

02/07/12 7:46 pm

I use them interchangeably

02/04/12 10:32 pm

When I say "the Caribean sea" its RIB, but if i was saying "pirates of the Caribean" its BE.

Zack100 Tatooine
02/04/12 7:50 pm

If I add sea at the end I say it with a rib but without sea I say caribBEan.

dlyliny1 New York
02/03/12 9:43 pm

Per the Oxford Dictionary:

There are two possible pronunciations of the word Caribbean. The first, more common in British English, puts the stress on the -be-, while the second, found in the US and the Caribbean itself, stresses the -rib-.

wbvonbray Tennessee
02/03/12 10:00 am

I can't believe no one's used Enya as an argument yet! "they say the sky high above is Car-i-BE-an blue". I also advocate pronouncing the "a" as an "ah" sound, but being from the South, I just get tired of spread vowel sounds.

02/02/12 8:42 am

the place is RIB. The disneyland ride is BE.

02/02/12 6:50 am

Both are correct. It depends on how it is used in a sentence. Noun or adjective.

02/02/12 5:36 am

I call it Ca-RIB-bean. I only call it the Ca-rib-BEan when I'm talking about the movies.

HolyBabble Mississippi
02/02/12 2:03 am

The natives say Care-a-BE-an.

So 53% of you are wrong. Wise up idiots.

02/01/12 11:54 pm

I say it both ways, depending on how it's used. Ex1: that's the Carib BE an sea. Ex2: pirates of the ca RIB bean. I don't know why?

02/01/12 11:34 pm

@holybabble: I am a Yankee (living in CO now,) I would say bill-uks-see... Wrong or right?

02/01/12 10:19 pm

I love the caRIBbean! We always go there on family vacations!

jofan94 32307
02/01/12 9:54 pm

As someone who was born and raised in the Caribbean, natives pronounce it ca-RIB-bean. It is descended from the name of the carib Indians. Europeans pronounce it the other way due to their accent and that's why the pronunciation is popular, including in the pirates of the caribbean franchise.

02/01/12 8:29 pm

by itself i say caRIBean but in the movie i say pirates of the cariBEAN.

AnnieM The Island
02/01/12 8:26 pm

So, was there a typo in this question or something? Seems like it should say "Care-eh-BE-in" or "Kuh-RIB-ee-in"

02/01/12 8:09 pm

It just depend on wat your saying like would u say let's watch the movie pirates of the ca-RIB-ean

applestar Florida
02/01/12 7:33 pm

my other job is a travel agent (can't get by on being a teacher alone!). it's ca RIB bean. I teach about the natives, the Caribs!

HolyBabble Mississippi
02/01/12 5:13 pm

Sad that most people say it wrong.

I hate when yankees say the the name of my city wrong.

It's not bu-lox-ee ...... It's bu-lux-ee

02/01/12 4:33 pm

never heard people say it as the first one, pirates of the car-rib-BEan is how the movie pronounced it xD

02/01/12 4:11 pm

I say it both ways. It just depends what in talking about.

kst8r Iowa
02/01/12 3:28 pm

I sort of flip flop between the 2

02/01/12 3:25 pm

Caribbean was home to the Carib natives- so Ca-rib should be the main sound in the word.

02/01/12 3:04 pm

It's the first for normal talk, but the second one for pirates movies.

02/01/12 12:55 pm

I feel like I use both equally....depending on the context.

02/01/12 9:29 am

I saw caRIBbeanbut when I say Pirates of the caribbean i say caribBEan

Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
02/01/12 8:56 am

I've cruised though the islands 3 times and visited most. Absolutely gorgeous

02/01/12 8:32 am

Rib. unless I'm talking about the ride at Disneyland.

katniss Dallas, TX
02/01/12 7:51 am

@holybabble oh ok thanks! I'll try to remember that! :)

02/01/12 7:40 am

Yeah... What is the proper way to say it?

GunnyGunz Virginia
02/01/12 6:49 am

Their rum is good.
So is Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.

02/01/12 6:46 am

I think it depends on where you live, based on the map the east and west say it differently

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
02/01/12 6:09 am

In the whole of everything,pronounce it anyway you want,beautiful area to

HolyBabble Mississippi
02/01/12 5:58 am

I say it the correct way "Ca-rib-BEan"

Although many tourists and foreigners favor say "ka-RIB-e-an," this is a corruption of "ker-e-BE-an," the accurate pronunciation truest to how the natives pronounce their own name.

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
02/01/12 5:53 am

Ca-RIB-bean is the proper way to say it,named after the Carib indians,I have been there 6 times in the Navy and twice on cruise ships beautiful.